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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Warp Factor

Warp Factor | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Harold White runs an advanced propulsion lab called Eagleworks at Johnson Space Center in Houtson. He claims to be able to develop faster-than-light travel. Is he for real? SE

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Most scientists would say it can't be done, but what if White is successful? SE

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Genetically modified microorganism could convert atmospheric CO2 into fuel

Genetically modified microorganism could convert atmospheric CO2 into fuel | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

While much research is being done on capturing carbon dioxide emissions at their source to reduce the amount expelled into the atmosphere, researchers at the University of Georgia’s Bioenergy Systems Research Institute have taken a different approach to tackle the problem. Taking a leaf out of the process used by plants to convert CO2 into something useful, they have uncovered a way to take CO2 from the atmosphere and transform it into useful industrial products, including, potentially, fuel....SE

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Making waste into fuel could be the key. SE

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Recyclable solar cells made from trees

Recyclable solar cells made from trees | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

GEORGIA TECH / PURDUE (US) — Fabricating new plant-based solar cells on cellulose nanocrystal substrates means that they’re recyclable in water. SE

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Another approach to solar cells. SE

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A New Kind of Invisibility Cloak Demonstrates Better Cloaking Efficiency

A New Kind of Invisibility Cloak Demonstrates Better Cloaking Efficiency | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using a new kind of cloak that uses a very thin multilayer dielectric coating made of natural material, not metamaterial, researchers at Michigan Technological University demonstrated better cloaking efficiency than a similarly sized metamaterial...SE

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Invisivibility is closer to reality. SE

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Graphene aerogel takes world’s lightest material crown

Graphene aerogel takes world’s lightest material crown | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Not even a year after it claimed the title of the world’s lightest material, aerographite has been knocked off its crown by a new aerogel made from graphene. SE

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Light and absorbent wonder material. SE

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Brain Scans Can Now Tell Who You’re Thinking About

Brain Scans Can Now Tell Who You’re Thinking About | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

[Source: Listal]
Beware stalkers, these neuroscientists can tell who you’re thinking of. Or, at least, the kind of personality he or she might have.
As a social species humans are highly attuned to the behavior of others around them. SE

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“Enabling Technology” Helps Transform Carbon Dioxide into Acrylate

“Enabling Technology” Helps Transform Carbon Dioxide into Acrylate | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In a newly published study, researchers have demonstrated a new “enabling technology” that uses a class of chemicals called Lewis acids to help transform carbon dioxide into acrylate, a valuable commodity chemical used to make many everyday items. SE

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Useful items made of waste. SE

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Glasses-Free 3-D Display For Smartphones Shows Objects Floating Above Screen

Glasses-Free 3-D Display For Smartphones Shows Objects Floating Above Screen | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The Hewlett-Packard logo shown on a glasses-free 3D display designed for smartphones Kar Han TanThe display beams 3-D objects a centimeter above or below. SE

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Does low-fat milk make kids heavier?

Does low-fat milk make kids heavier? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. VIRGINIA (US) — Preschoolers who drink low-fat milk are more likely to be overweight or obese than kids given 2 percent or whole milk, new research suggests. SE

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Who knew? SE

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Researchers Grow Bioengineered Teeth

Researchers Grow Bioengineered Teeth | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In a new study, scientists at King’s College were able to produce bioengineered teeth containing dentine, enamel and viable roots by using cells isolated from adult human gingival tissue combined with mouse embryonic tooth mesenchyme cells. SE

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Get ready to smile. SE

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Largest solar power plant unveiled

Largest solar power plant unveiled | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi has opened the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power plant, which will provide electricity to 20 000 homes. (Largest solar power plant unveiled - http://t.co/N1WDChN5SF - Nice! SE

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Reap the whirlwind for cheap renewable power - tech - 07 March 2013 - New Scientist

Reap the whirlwind for cheap renewable power - tech - 07 March 2013 - New Scientist | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Whip up your own dust devil to drive a turbine and create green electricity by just relying on the sun's heat
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This dramatically increases the range of application of windpower around the world. JB

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Caltech Engineers Develop Self-Healing Circuits

Caltech Engineers Develop Self-Healing Circuits | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Caltech have developed self-healing electronic chips that are capable of detecting and quickly responding to any number of possible assaults in order to keep the larger system working optimally. SE

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'Biggest ever attack' slows internet

'Biggest ever attack' slows internet | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The world's internet has been slowed down by what experts are describing as the biggest attack of its kind in history. SE

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Quite troubling. SE

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DARPA's Spleen-on-a-Chip Solves Sepsis

DARPA's Spleen-on-a-Chip Solves Sepsis | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Blood poisoning is the number one cause of death among critical care patients in the US, killing more than 200,000 people annually. SE

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Brain Scan Predicts Whether Convicts Will Re-Offend: Welcome To The Sci-Fi Future

Brain Scan Predicts Whether Convicts Will Re-Offend: Welcome To The Sci-Fi Future | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Go To Jail DreamstimeActivity in one very particular part of the brain shows a high correlation with recidivism. SE

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To use or not to use ... SE

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6-meter tall KamerMaker to 3D print Amsterdam house by year's end

6-meter tall KamerMaker to 3D print Amsterdam house by year's end | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It is surely now but a matter of time before we are reporting on the completion of the first 3D-printed house, or at least something purported to be such a thing. SE

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A house size 3-D print would be an breakthrough. SE

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Study warns on location data privacy

Study warns on location data privacy | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A study of mobile phone data - used by advertisers or even released publicly - reveals that individuals can be identified using only four location points. SE

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Solar technology for farming and urban gardening

Solar technology for farming and urban gardening | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Solar power has a place in farms and gardens, with devices designed to do everything from heating water to powering tractors. SE

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New Brain Implant Transmits Wirelessly To Computer

New Brain Implant Transmits Wirelessly To Computer | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists at Brown University have made brain-machine interfaces that are even more hip that BMIs researchers are using now. Like an upgrade from landlines to cell phones, their new device can record and transmit brain signals to a computer wirelessly. Free from onerous connections and wires, the technology could foster the development of a new generation of more flexible robotics to help amputees, spinal cord injury victims, or people with crippling neurological disorders. SE

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Researchers develop more energy efficient carbon capture material

Researchers develop more energy efficient carbon capture material | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a new material for carbon capture that is more energy efficient and has no problem with water vapor.
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It is growing clearer that Humanity will have to harvest at least some % of the carbon dioxide to control global warming. This kind of research leads us toward a solution.

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Another Step Toward Lower Cost Alkaline Fuel Cells

Another Step Toward Lower Cost Alkaline Fuel Cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In a newly published study, engineers synthesize a platinum-free catalyst for use in alkaline fuel cells, showing that silver-palladium multi-walled carbon nanotubes are almost as effective as platinum in low-temperature fuel cells. SE

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Cheaper future for fuel cells. SE

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Swiss company aims to fly satellites into space

Swiss company aims to fly satellites into space | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

If you want to launch a satellite in the usual way – on top of a rocket – it will typically cost you at least US$50,000,000. SE

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Japan has been successful at tapping methane hydrate, also known as flammable ice as a potential domestic energy source.
Joel Barker's insight:

A clear breakthrough in accessing this huge source of carbonate fuel. Better than coal by 50% but still more carbon in the atmosphere. JB

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Lifelong exercise may keep aging mind sharp

Lifelong exercise may keep aging mind sharp | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

KING’S COLLEGE LONDON (UK) — Research shows a link between lifelong exercise and improved brain function in later life. SE

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